Utkal lab to get a new look

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By PRIYA ABRAHAM
  • Published 4.12.10
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Bhubaneswar, Dec. 3: The dingy and over-packed chemistry laboratory at the Utkal University is all set to wear a new look. The Gokulananda Mohapatra foundation has decided to donate the required funds to renovate the lab.

“The work started on November 27. Doors and windows of the lab will be renovated. Moreover, the task will include upgradation of flooring and lighting arrangements inside the room. We will purchase the required equipment. It will cost around Rs 8 lakh,” said head of the chemistry department S Jena. Once the renovation is over, the lab will be named as Prof. Dr. Gokulananda Mohapatra Advanced Chemistry Laboratory.

Moreover, the foundation has donated Rs 10 lakh to establish an endowment chair at the department. “The amount will go to the endowment fund and the interest, out of it, will be given to a young teacher of chemistry to pursue research work,” said Jena. “The candidate, who aspires to become a chemistry lecturer, will be provided with the funds annually for three successive years. The amount will come around Rs 60,000 annually,” he said.

Students and staff of the department appear happy about the new initiatives. “It will be great working in a new lab. We would like to extend our regards to the foundation for choosing our department for donations. More such endeavours are required for government universities that are not able to upgrade their infrastructure due to fund crunch,” said Bishnupada Acharya, a student.

Eighty-eight-year-old Gokulananda Mohapatra is a science fiction writer and has credits of popularising science in regional language.

Mohapatra has penned more than 70 science fictions and science books for children such as, Krutrima Upagraha, Pritibibahare Manisha, Candrara Mrityu , Nishabda Godhuli, Madam Curie, Nila Chakra Bala Sapare and many more.

Mohapatra retired as the HoD of Revenshaw College. He did his MSc from the Calcutta University, and his Phd from the Utkal Univeristy. He has received the Orissa Sahitya Academy Award for science literature and number of other prizes such as, the R K Parija Samman Saala Samman.

Bhubaneswar, Dec. 3: The dingy over packed chemistry laboratory at the Utkal University is all set to wear a new look. The Gokulananda Mohapatra foundation will be donating the required funds to renovate the lab.

“The work is on since November 27.They will be doing everything from upgrading the doors windows, flooring and lighting facility inside the labs. Also we will be purchasing the required equipments,”informed Head of Chemistry Department S Jena. “It will cost approximately around Rs 8 lakhs,” he added. Once over the lab will be named as Prof. Dr. Gokulananda Mohapatra Advanced Chemistry Laboratory.

Gokulananda Mohapatra, now 88 years old is a renowned science fiction writer and has credits of popularisaing scice in regional language. Mohapatra has to his credit more than 70 science fictions and popular science books for children like the . Krutrima upagraha, pritibibahare manisha, candrara mrityu , nishabda godhuli, madam curie, nila chakra bala sapare,

The foundation has also donated Rs 10 lakh to establish an endowment chair at the department. “The amount will go to the endowment fund and the interest out of it will be given to a young teacher of chemistry to pursue research work ,”said Jena

The candidate will preferably be a lecturer of chemistry. (He or she will be given the amount annually for three years and after the completion of the tern, application will be invited for selection of the next candidate. The amount will come around Rs 60,000 annually ,” said the HoD

Students and staff of the department appear extremely happy about the new initiatives. “It will be great working inside a new lab. We would extend our regards to the foundation who chose our department for the donations. More such endeavors are required for government universities that are not able to upgrade their infrastructure for the lack of funds,” said Bishnupada Acharya, a student

Mohapatra retired as the HoD of Revenshaw College. Mohapatra did his M Sc from the Calcutta University, and his Phd from the Utkal Univeristy He has received the Orissa sahitya academy award for science literature and number of other prizes such as the R K Parija Samman saala samman.